OLLIE & LAURA

‘Love Conquers all’ Our Elopement

Everything is a bit different this year, so following in those steps, I thought it would be lovely to share this piece/testimonial on Laura & Ollie’s elopement written by the couple themselves, rather than me!
‘We were originally planning to have a big wedding last July, but like every other couple planning a 2020 wedding, our plans couldn’t go ahead. Rather then putting our wedding on hold for God only knows how long, we decided to Elope to Gretna Green and have a Christmas wedding – just the two of us and the dog! We’d both been married before so secretly a smaller wedding a second time around was perfect.
We hadn’t actually gotten around to booking a photographer for our July wedding before it was postponed, as we were a bit delayed pulling it all together. Catherine had reached out to me in the Summer to see if we wanted any outside engagement photos done, which due to the lack of a hair appointment and four inches of roots I never took her up on! However when we decided to elope, she was first on my list to call.
Even though it was only going to be a very small wedding, we still wanted to beautifully document the whole day and decided against using the standard photographer that Gretna Green provided. We wanted a range of timeless, creative and personal photos that we could keep for ever.  Our Wedding was to be featured in Hello magazine, so we knew the importance of using a photographer that had worked with magazines before. Catherine has worked with numerous magazines throughout her professional career which made us incredibly comfortable and confident in her ability to make things run smoothly.
Covering our elopement was no mean feat – three hours drive to The Lake District with Pre Wedding Photographs of us getting ready at the hotel, a forty five minute drive to Gretna Green for the perfectly intimate ceremony. Then finally an hour and a half race back to Lake Windemere in some of the worst weather conditions, chasing the light for stunning creative shots in the breathtaking countryside. Oh and by the way, can you stay until it’s dark so we can have a load of pictures of us in our camper van, sat round a camp fire? Catherine was so unbelievably flexible and worked with all our crazy ideas to make the impossible possible, whilst personalising everything to us. She even borrowed a pair of wellies and waded into the lake to capture THE shot of the day! That’s dedication!
We are absolutely blown away by the quality of our photos.  They have perfectly documented every part of our elopement so that all our family and friends that weren’t able to share our wedding with us due to the restrictions now feel like they have been part of it. It’s so hard to choose our favourite images! Catherine’s attention to detail and creativity is second to none – she has over delivered on everything we asked her to do. Having her as part of our wedding was the best investment we could make.
If you are considering eloping in these uncertain times then my advice to you would be, not to think that a photographer is obsolete just because you are having a small wedding. Use the money you are saving to invest in a great photographer. Catherine is the ultimate professional and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again when we can throw a massive party to celebrate!
Thank you and Congratulations Ollie and Laura
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TOM & SARAH

‘The Ultimate Christmas Proposal’

What a fantastic call to receive in the midst of all the pandemic chaos! Tom called me with this wonderful idea of proposing to his lovely girlfriend Sarah on Christmas Eve morning (a dry but very cold one). He had faced so many hurdles, with restrictions and venues closing, but he continued on his quest. Popping the question not only at the amazing Hawkstone Hall but also coming up with several plans so she didn’t guess, all of this on her Birthday and days before their planned trip to Cuba (of which the dog’s ate the visas the day before). As they drove down the (what felt like very long) drive, myself and the staff at Hawkstone held our breathe trying to keep those impressive entrance steps clear. Sarah jumped out of the car as Tom desperately tried to find the ring box which he’d dropped in the car! I had stopped her, claiming I was doing Photo’s for the hotel. In a blink of an eye Tom was on his knee, asking that all important question. A complete success and surprise, and with no hesitation we heard those magical words ‘I do’ .

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JAMES & CHARLOTTE

‘Against the Odds’

With everything stacked against them and the restrictions changing all the time, Charlotte and James decided they still wanted to go ahead with their Wedding, taking the stance, ‘Love Conquers all’. However a smaller intimate Wedding of just 30 people, almost like a practice run for the larger event due the following year, began taking shape. Dressed in a beautiful Suzanne Neville dress, laced with opulence and exquisite detailing Charlotte lit up the room. The guests were requested to wear masks throughout the ceremony (another abnormality thrown into this year), everyone was so thrilled to be there, to celebrate love, something everyone, including myself was missing. Evidence that even when spending your day on a smaller scale, can be just as magical and that small is beautiful. Watch this space for the next installment next year!

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LAURA NORTON & MARK JORDON

Engaged!!

I have known Laura for many years, from the days when I used to work behind the scenes for all the Award shows, NTA’s etc representing Emmerdale, plus we have worked on a number of Photo shoots together. She is one of the loveliest in the business and now meeting Mark and seeing how dreamy the two of them are together, well what a perfect couple! It was so wonderful to be able to capture their story by photographing then as a newly engaged couple.

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SAUL & LOUISA

‘Childhood Sweethearts’

Two of the most adorable people, and childhood sweethearts too.

Saul and Louisa’s message was simple, ‘I just want to marry my best friend’ and start the next chapter of our life together.

Romona Keveza and Dior dressed the beautiful Louisa, with the assistance of Jimmy Choo. She looked sensational entering the ceremony, clear for all to see by the lovely Saul’s expression on her entrance.

Louisa’s parents, so kind, warm and incredibly loving, had thought of every last detail to perfection in this tremendously opulent and intimate soiree, held at the fabulous Lanesborough Hotel in Mayfair.

The tables in the Belgravia were bursting will breathtaking flowers courtesy of Wild at Heart  , Chanel perfumed presents, and a magnificent cake by the amazingly talented Cakes by Krishanthi.

A beautiful and wonderfully pretty day.

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SCOTT & MEAGAN

‘America to Cotswolds Castle’

Flying the family over to exclusively occupy the impressive Eastnor Castle for the weekend, was a rare and real treat for this couples family. Having met through Eastnor Castle, we had chatted primarily over email and it soon became apparent that whilst Meagan was someone who knew what she wanted, she was also incredibly relaxed.

They literally had the run of the Castle starting with a small ceremony in the drawing room, ministered by one of their friends, followed by a drinks reception on the lawn overlooking the castle grounds and beyond.  Fnally an intimate and charming meal in the dining hall, filled with overwhelming displays of emotion.

It was time to have a quick recharge (Lemn Tea), and then on their own custom dance floor with their own personal playlist they ‘danced their pants off’, just the way it should be.

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RANDALL & CARLIE

‘Kentucky Marathon’

This was truly a marathon of celebrations all over London for Randy, Carlie and all their family and friends.  The Bachelorette Party held at the fabulous Annabel’s on the Thursday.  Followed by the Welcome Party at The George Club on Friday, which was incredibly intimate and personal, perfect for everyone to become acquainted.

The Wedding morning at the sensational Claridges was amazingly calm from both camps.  Carlie’s beautiful Klienfield Wedding Dress and pretty in pink bridesmaids made their way through the iconic corridors and staircases to the impressive ceremony room adorned with floor to ceiling arts.

Entertaining City Bus journey through the streets of London town to 5 Hertford Street, where they enjoyed ‘wow’ cocktails and dined on sophisticated luxuries fit for a Wedding extravaganza.

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PAYAM & MUTEIRA

‘Laughing all day long’

Such a privilege to be invited to Photograph at this beautiful venue and for such a wonderful couple.  Mutiera’s Pre Wedding Photographs were held in the exquisite Penthouse of the Corinthia with views stretching over London.  The breathtaking city backdrop made for some spectacular city Photographs of this lovely couple and their incredible family.  It was a day filled with so much love but most of all with lots and lots of laughing.

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AQUA PETRA

‘La Dolce Vita’

As featured on Strictly Weddings, this Styled shoot collaborated with super talented suppliers from the Wedding Industry to bring us explosions of colour, elegance and inspiration for the magnificent grounds of Aqua Petra.  Surrounded by Olive trees and Vineyards provided the back drop for beautiful Photos and incredible vision by the incredibly talented Planned for Perfection.

Wedding Flowers: paularooney floral designer Wedding Cake: elizabeths cake emporium Wedding Stationery: dewinton paperco Videographer: vogue wedding films Wedding Dress: roberta bacarelli Menswear: sartoria porfidia Hair and Make up: Gemma Sutton Tableware: Whitehouse Crockery Linen: Just 4 Linen Chairs: andreariccioweddingsolution

 

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RYAN & ALEX

‘Australia meets Irish’ Porto Azzuro, Zakynthos

Alex and Ryan’s wedding was bursting with personality, the Aussie laid back manner and the Irish traditions of singing and dancing, meeting in the middle with the love for celebrating everything! One thing you can always guarantee in Zante is the fabulously scorching weather clearing a warm 35 degrees at 6pm but this didn’t faze either of them as they wed on the beach, sand under foot. Incredible food and fantastic music meant some serious partying in the med was had by all, under those magical stars.

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STEVE & SARAH

‘Firework heaven at Christmas’

With Christmas in the air it was the perfect day for celebrations, sunshine in the day and misty by night. The misty air created an amazing backdrop to Photograph at the venue, and was right on cue to disappear just as the sensational firework display kicked off. What a great wedding they gave us!

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ADAM & JENNIFER

‘Chasing the Light’ Turtle Bay, Zante

It seems such a missed opportunity, whilst in such a beautiful destination, not to exploit ever inch possible. The evening light was so soft and beautiful for Adam and Jennifer’s pre wedding photoshoot. We were literally chasing the light over the mountains to the coast to achieve these spectacular Photographs, absolutely worth it.

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NICK & STEPHANIE

‘An Elegant Country House Wedding’ Iscoyd Park, Shropshire

The most lovable couple and so unbelievably well suited, with the added bit of magic that is Florence. The story inside was a fairytale wedding, breathtakingly pretty, with amazing light from the large interiors within Iscoyd Park. Who knew there was hurricane Brian raging on the exteriors. Beautiful florals by Red Foral set a calming and intimate atmosphere for everyone to relax in the love.

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KATIE & ABIGAIL

‘Bohemian Charm’ South Farm, Cambridgeshire

A beautiful Farmhouse fused with a feeling of a French Chateau in the heart of Cambridgeshire is how I would describe this venue. It successfully housed the Wedding Day of the loveliest of two ladies, and ended up being one of my favourite Weddings.

South Farm has been described as Rustic and Boho, which was a perfect fit for Katie and Abi. Combined with the abundance of nature, the buckets of beautiful sunshine and finished off with the most delicious Vegan meal, created a very personalised and special Wedding for two people very much celebrating love.

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RICHARD & PETER

‘Festival Vibes’ Delamere Forrest, Cheshire

With the weather being up and down like most festivals in the UK this did not seem to dampen any part of this spectacular day. The ceremony overlooking the mirror lake was breathtaking. Napoleon (Richards french bulldog) a huge part of their family. Group shots were more vogue at this Wedding, and the combination of incredibly colourful outfits and charismatic people, made this one of the most stunning Weddings. It’s always great to Photograph a couples special day but one that is so personalised and so unique is a Photographers dream.

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STUART & JODY

‘The Floating Church’ Normanton Church, Oakham

Water provides a scenic setting for the fairy-tale splendour of Normanton Church, a structure that appears to float on the lake when the reservoir is full. On the particular day of Stuart and Jody’s Wedding, the surrounding waters were also filled with hundreds of boats to complete the beautiful backdrop. A warm breeze meant that these childhood sweethearts were able to spend as much time outside as in, the cutest of couples.

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